The City of Peoria's history goes back to the 1880s. Some could challenge that our beginnings go back as far as the Native Americans who inhabited and traveled along the river now known as New River. As far back as humans have roamed this area, agriculture has been the reason for settlement.
Gradually our town was born as entrepreneurial businesses moved in to meet the needs of the
growing community. By 1970, the town still only had about 2,500 people; however, it did have all of the shops of a small, self-sufficient and warm-hearted community. Today, with a population of more than 170,000, Peoria continues to grow and prosper.
Peoria, Arizona is a city on the rise. Located in northwest metropolitan Phoenix, Peoria offers
stunning topography and a quality of life, which is ranked nationally as among the top 100 places to live in the country according to Money magazine. Peoria has a lot to offer, including diverse housing opportunities boasting affordability and master-planned communities, award-winning parks and recreation, and top K-12 public and charter schools.
Located in the Peoria 83 (P83) Entertainment District, Arizona Broadway Theatre is a
professional fine dining the...ater performing highly acclaimed Broadway shows. The Center for the Performing Arts is located in the City’s Old Town area and is the stage home of Theater Works, a nationally recognized community theater.
Peoria is ideally located for the sport and recreation enthusiast. The Peoria Sports Complex is
the spring training home to the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. If you are a fan of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, NASCAR or major college sports, Peoria puts you minutes away from seeing your favorite team or driver.
If you like playing in a park, then Peoria is the place for you! Peoria offers two regionally recognized community parks and 33 neighborhood parks. In addition, Peoria has over 25 miles of trails to enjoy.
Peoria offers a unique desert and water experience. Lake Pleasant and Lake Pleasant Regional Park are located in north Peoria. With more than 10,000 acres of water and 13,600 acres of land, this popular attraction is the perfect place for water sports, desert camping, hiking and wildlife watching.